About Disputed Questions
Welcome to Disputed Questions! In medieval universities, the quaestiones disputatae was a rigorous method of academic debate which aimed at forcing one to defend one’s intellectual position against the strongest possible objections. A question or topic was proposed, an answer given, and then the best objections to that answer were listed. The defendant was then required to make a reasoned case for his answer, as well as respond in depth to each of the objections.
This is what has come to be known as the “scholastic method,” enshrined especially in the masterful Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The disputed questions is thus a paradigmatic model of the heights of intellectual discourse and inquiry.
This blog seeks to live out the tradition of the disputed questions, by encouraging dialogue across perspectives concerning life’s most important questions, especially in the areas of philosophy, theology, science, and politics.
My name is Harrison Jennings. I am a Roman Catholic convert, a Thomist, and am currently a student of philosophy. My main areas of interest for research/writing include: metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, ethics, systematic theology, biblical theology, historical Jesus, and church history. Feel free to contact me for any questions, comments, or to just say hello!